Pro’s: Roomy interior, great mileage, confidence inspiring handling
Con’s: Skinny steering wheel, mass appeal styling, noticeable torque steer
Final Thought: A well executed crossover that offers good mileage, decent power and a great interior for a very fair price.
I’d heard good things about the Ford Edge but up until recently I had yet to actually drive one. This is a 2012 Limited Edition model with front-wheel drive and Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 turbocharged engine that makes 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It’s a crossover vehicle which simply means you’ve got a little car, truck and SUV DNA all mixed together in a nice well-rounded package. The week prior to my having this little gem I was driving around in an Infiniti FX35 Limited (tough life I know). The color was remarkably similar as was its interior room and amenities. However when it came to price there was quite a substantial difference. MSRP on the Infiniti was $52,445.00, whereby the Ford Edge Limited came in at an MSRP of $38,910.00 – a difference of over $13,500.00. Granted this isn’t a flat-out comparison mind you, but a simple question of value for dollar.
Upon receiving the Edge my first inclination was to go out for a nice long drive. I decided to head to a place called Stinson Beach which lies about 70 miles away from my home. Round trip mileage was to be around 140 and during those miles I’d be met with some of the best driving roads in the country. Everything from tight twisties to interstate would be thrown at the Edge and I was curious to see how it would handle it.
The Ford Edge Limited greets its occupants with nicely double-stitched leather seats, a thoroughly modern cabin and room for five adults. My first impression was one of surprise as honestly I didn’t think that the interior would be this inviting. A nicely sculpted dash houses a clearly visible center speedometer with changeable systems menus, a large touchscreen for Ford’s SYNC system and backup camera and a nicely done gloss black panel that controls your SONY stereo and climate controls.
I’m not going to get fully into the SYNC system for the simple fact that it would take me 1000 words to explain how everything works. I will however say that SYNC allows you to control everything from your cell phones Bluetooth capabilities, to the navigation system, the climate control and satellite radio, to monitoring up-to-the-minute traffic conditions, as well as a host of other automotive settings.
In short, it’s a good system that works well as long as you put in some quick effort into acclimating yourself to it. You can see more information on the SYNC system by simply clicking here.
In regards to comfort the Edge does not disappoint. Front seats are 10-way power adjustable with built in heat and nice bolstering. In fact never once did I feel out of place as I navigated the tight twisty roads outside of San Francisco. A large center console houses auxiliary audio hookups, two USB connection ports and an extra power port as well.
Rear seats offer reclining capabilities, a 60/40 lay down split for more cargo room, as well as plenty of leg room and a nifty center armrest cup-holder. Materials used are a combination of leather and soft touch plastics that lend to a very nice feel. This is not some hashed together interior, but a well thought out, well crafted space that’s inviting for both driver and passenger alike.
From a storage perspective the Edge steps up with a whopping 68.9 cu. ft. of room with the rear seats down and a respectable 32.2 when the seats are up. That’s 6.9 and 7.4 cu. ft. more than the Infiniti FX35 I recently tested – not bad. A power lift gate (a very nice option) was included as part of the limited package, as was a hidden space saver spare tire in case you find yourself on the side of the road.
The steering wheel offers tilting/telescoping capabilities and the automatic console shifter was nicely placed. Get the Edge moving and you’ll find that if you’ve opted for the 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 turbocharged mill that you’ve made a good choice.
Power is not overwhelming, but comes on strong when you put your foot in it. Oddly enough there was actually a fair amount of torque-steer when accelerating hard from a dead stop which is something I didn’t expect. Mileage is EPA rated at 21 city and 30 hwy. In my time with the Edge I averaged a cool 24 mpg in combined driving.
Visibility throughout the cabin is good, but just in case you missed something Ford offers a blind-spot warning system located in the rear view mirrors. The stock 6-speed automatic transmission works great and thankfully Ford decided not to give it a “sport” mode.
This is a crossover mind you, not some super fun hot rod. If you want to shift up and down and drive like a hooligan go buy a Mustang. Once moving you’ll notice that the steering is nicely weighted and offers up good feedback, however I found the steering wheel itself to be slightly on the skinny side.
Since the Edge rides on big 245/60 series tires on 18-inch wheels you may be able to figure out that this isn’t a “handles on rails” type of vehicle. It does however go around corners quite well and thanks to those big sidewalls and a nicely tuned suspension you’re treated to a very comfortable ride that’s soaks up road imperfections with ease.
Braking was a no worries affair and provided confidence regardless if coming to a hard stop from speed or descending one of San Fransisco’s near vertical streets. One thing that I should mention is that Ford did a great job of putting a lot of space into a vehicle that sits on a 184.2″ wheelbase. In running around the city I found that I was able to scoot in and out of traffic and park the Edge with no problem, which is more than I can say with the FX35.
If we’re talking about styling I suppose I’d give the Edge a solid 7 out of 10. It’s a very nicely styled vehicle that was constructed with conservative mass appeal in mind. Again, edginess (no pun intended) is not the focus of the Edge, usability is.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a good solid crossover that I would honestly recommend to anyone. It’s got plenty of room, a great engine and when ordered with the limited package and AWD capabilities, will give you plenty of options, loads of luxury features and all the all-weather confidence you could ask for.
Job well done Ford.